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Flutter Wings Tutorial

Wouldn't it be nice if flutter wings weren't so fragile? If flutter ponies with wings weren't so rare? But let's face it, original wings are beyond the reach of most of us.

I spent quite a while searching for replacement flutter wings on the web. There *are* flutter wings out there to buy, but in the end I decided it would be cheaper and more fun to make my own.

When I had a go, I was amazed by how easy it was.

So I thought I'd provide a step-by-step guide to making replacement flutter wings for you.

Be careful, have fun, and enjoy your flutter wings!

Before you start, you will need to assemble the following tools:

  • A pair of small scissors

  • A pair of larger scissors or a craft knife

  • A pen and pencil

  • Paint for the flutter wings (I use glittery nail polish - I find that the bigger the glitter pieces, the better the finished result - I know that some people use acrylic paint instead)

  • Templates for your flutter wings - to make this easy for you, I have drawn up some flutter wing templates which you can print out and cut out yourself - they're in PDF format so you should be able to use them without problems.
    Note: some people have reported that the wings print out a little small. No problem - but while I fix this, you may want to make them a little bigger.
    Note 2: If you have a problem reading the PDF file, you can see a gif of the wings here which you should be able to print.

  • Material for the flutter wings - I am going to use the top of a round 2l fizzy drink bottle - the curved top gives a lovely authentic look to the wings. If you do this, make sure you rinse the bottle out well beforehand - you don't want to get sticky!

  • Some strong glue - I use Superglue but any strong adhesive should work.

tools for making wings pop bottle


I'm going to make a pair of green wings for Wind Drifter, with glitter on them, as she requested. Here she is beforehand, with no wings:

Wind Drifter without wings

She's pretty, but lacking that certain... something.

Here we go:

Cover your work surface with newspaper or scrap paper to protect it while you work.

Very carefully cut the top off your drinks bottle with the big scissors or the craft knife. Watch your fingers! Baby ponies should get an adult to help them with this part.

cutting the bottle top

N.B. You should hold the bottle securely while you're cutting it - I'm not because I'm holding my camera, but I am also not cutting - just posing!

top of the bottle with neck cut outOnce you have the top of your bottle, you need to cut up the side of it towards the cap, then around the cap to remove it. You should end up with something like this:

Then you need to cut the bottle piece in half, and then half again:

bottle top cut in half bottle top quarters

You should end up with four curved pieces. You can put two aside for now - they can be the wings for your next pony!

Now comes the fiddly bit.

Take one of the bottle pieces, and take your chosen flutter wing shape. Wind Drifter chose the classic Flutter design.

Hold the flutter template firmly against the bottle piece. Now you need to cut around the template shape with the small scissors (this is so fiddly that I use a small pair of nail scissors). If you like, you can hold the template in place with a piece of double-sided tape.


holding the template to the bottle trimming the bottle

I like to cut roughly around the template first, to get rid of most of the excess, then cut more accurately.

cutting out the wings

Repeat this with the other bottle piece. Make sure the flutter wing template is the opposite way up, so the curve is on the other side - otherwise you'll have two wings the same (I speak from experience!)

You should now have two curved flutter wing shapes. It's beginning to get exciting, isn't it!

cut out wings

Now the fun bit. Time for painting.

I use clear nail varnish with glittery bits in it. I find this avoids streaking, and gives the nicest finish.

painting the wings

I use rough, splodgy strokes, and I put on quite a thick coat. This gives the wings quite a nice textured finish.

When you've painted your wings, put them in a safe place out of the way to dry. I recommend leaving them overnight to make sure - it's surprising how long nail polish in particular takes to dry properly. Especially if it's a thick coat.

painted wings

Ooh, isn't this exciting! Wind Drifter is getting very agitated now! Still, she'll have to wait 'til tomorrow to get her wings fixed in place - or she might scratch them!

**The Next Day**

Right, now the wings are dry. The next thing to do is check that the tabs fit your pony nicely. They may need to be trimmed so they lie properly.

When you're happy with them, it's time to glue them on!

applying glueRemove the wings from the wing tabs. Take your glue, and put a drop in one of the tabs. Careful not to get the glue on your pony! You now need to hold your pony's wing in place until the glue is set firmly enough. Patience is good here. If you're using superglue or a similar glue, this part may take some time.

When your first wing is set in place, repeat with the other wing.

Leave your pony in a safe place to finish drying. This will also give her time to get used to the feel of her new wings.

When you're sure that your pony's wings are dry, you can flutter them. Congratulations! You've made one little pony very happy!

See the finished wings! >>

Pink Dreams
Pink Dreams shows off her pretty wings
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